The Festival Creative Fellowship is connected to a series of Springdance/Theatre Studies/CFH activities, performances and workshops that explore issues at the intersection of contemporary dance practice and current theoretical developments. The workshops bring together researchers, practitioners, students and others interested, to stimulate the discourse around dance, performance, bodies and space. The sessions attempt to trace the roots of specific aspects of contemporary dance practice and provide a contextualization of this aspect within cultural history and interdisciplinary theory.
2011 CFH Festival Creative Fellow: Susan Foster
Salons on Hired Bodies & Dancing Nomads
CfH / Theatre Studies / Springdance proudly present
Centre for the Humanities and Theatre Studies at Utrecht
University in collaboration with Springdance proudly present
Susan L. Foster as CFH Festival Creative Fellow for the academic year 2010-2011.
Choreographer, dancer and dramatuge Susan L. Foster is Professor in Choreography, History and Theories of the Body in the Department of World Arts & Cultures at the University of California, Los Angeles. Susan Foster will be present during a series of events (lectures, discussions, seminars) that will take place during the Springdance Festival, 14-24 April 2011 in Utrecht.
This year’s Festival Creative Fellowship Programme will look at the development of dance over the past decades from the perspective of delocalization, delocation and nomadism, taking as its starting point Foster’s observations on what she has termed the hired body.
Salon 1 - January 20, 2011
With Stefan Hilterhaus (Director PACT Zollverein, Essen) and Marijke Hoogenboom (professor of Art Practice and Artistic Development at the Amsterdam School of the Arts).
Salon 1 will trace the development and implications of the emergence of new modes of producing dance since the 1980s. How does the emergence of new, nomadic modes of producing dance affect the artistic development of dance makers and performers?
Salon 2 - February 17, 2011
With Bojana Cvejic (Theatre Studies, UU) and Liesbeth Groot Nibbelink (Theatre Studies, UU).
In Salon 2 the becoming nomadic of dance will be discussed in the context of current cultural transformations. How do new artistic developments reflect new modes of being, thinking and
Liesbeth Groot Nibbelink discusses the tendency to favour time and flexibility over place and space in concepts such as nomadism, delocation or delocalization. The assemblage of nomadism and performance however invites to rethink the apparent irrelevance of the local. Flexible (hired) bodies and places can equally be understood as ‘localities’, materially oriented processes that are established through a succession of local operations.
Bojana Cvejic addresses forms of "practice" that performance and dance artists endorse in their nomadic, multitasking work- and lifestyle, which bears both on creation modes and education.
Recently, a few initiatives and projects in contemporary dance and performance in Europe have contested the conditions of immaterial production in post-industrial post-Fordist capitalism. How do they enable alternative modes of working and living beyond discomfort and critique?
Salon 3 - March 24, 2011
With Gabriel Smeets (director School for New Dance Development), and choreographers Anouk van Dijk and Fabian Barba (Busy Rocks). In Salon 3 the guests will reflect on the implications of the becoming nomadic of dance from the perspective of the actual physical practice of dance. What are the implications for dance training and education?
Lectures Susan Foster: Choreographies for Hire
During the Springdance festival, Susan Foster will be giving a series of highly interesting and accessible lectures in which she will discuss a number of performances from the festival in relation to her theory on 'the hired body.
When: Sun 17, Tue 19, Thur 21 and Sat 23 april
Where: Hekmanfoyer Stadsschouwburg / Time: 17.00-18.00 uur